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Everything blooming

Monday of this week was a slow day for all of the fishermen.

Pam Martin-Wells had a good catch of bass on traps. Mike Prindle had six good bass on traps.

The first reports came to us that the gators were seen in most places. The temp under the dock was 57, much higher over in the Creek—62. Monday nite we had a tad under 1 inch of rain.

The fishermen was on the lake in force Tuesday: 107 beds was counted by Prindle, only 30 bass was taken and released on jigs and jerk baits.

Doug Snider from Ohio took a 7.2-pound bass on jerk bait. He had 13 other fish and released all of them.

On that day, pear trees were seen blooming, crabapple blooming, red buds in bloom, Japanese magnolia in full bloom, wild plum in full bloom, grass turning green in big fields and along roadsides, pine pollen seen on rooftops and cars along some water, which means bass are bedding and turkeys will gobble.

You could not believe the amount of boats that launched at Wingate’s Lodge on Saterday. The Panhandle Bass Club out of Pensacola fished, the Bainbridge Bass Club fished and the Wingate Open fished out of Wingate’s.

The Wingate Open took place in 30-degree weather. Some of the live wells were frozen over, ice on all boats left exposed overnight. Clint Brown of Quincy and Terry Stevens of Marianna didn’t get a check and had 22.67 pounds of bass. Lindsey and Steve Page of Fountain, Fla., was sixth with 23.96 pounds, Mason Brock and Clay Wells of Marianna and Chattahoochee was fifth with 25.93 pounds, Stephen McCord and Steve Strickland of Dothan was fourth with 26.3 pounds, Mike Mercuri and David Boyd of Quincy was third with 27.2 pounds, Steven Stewart and Johnny Creel of Donelsonville and Jakin was second with 27.63 pounds. The winner on pounds was David Howell and Mickey Roach of Bainbridge and Quincy with 28.85 pounds. Sean Neel and Chad King of Chattahoochee and Sneads had Big Fish with a 8.03-pounder and took home a nice $300 in cash for it.

The Panhandle Bass Club of Pensacola fished out with the following: Mr. Cornelisous finished first with 16.7 pounds, his big fish weighed 5.26 pounds, Andy Sego finished second with 12.00 pounds and Lavin Poshee finished third with 11.26 pounds. Wayne Tomlin had the Big Fish at 5.36 pounds.

The Bainbridge Bass Club fished out too. Mr. Farris had 13.00 pounds. He had the Big Fish at 6.25 pounds. Mr. McCollum had 7.00 pounds in second and John Roff had 5.00 pounds. Not too good for Bainbridge Bass Club.

The Jack Wingate Thursday Night Big Fish Tournament hosted by the Hydrilla Gnats will start up again on Thursday, March 25. Registration starts at 6 p.m. in the restaurant, blast off starts at 7 p.m. and weigh-in is at 10 p.m. We sure have a good time at those tournaments and the competition is great!

Wingate’s Fishing Report

March 7, 2010

Lake surface temp: 52Lake level: 6 inches downClarity: Clearing slowlyFlint: Clearing slowlyChattahoochee: Cloudy and fastSpring Creek: Clearing mostlyReport provided by: Jack Wingate